I do love my hometown. Philadelphia is a wonderful city, filled with culture, diversity, great food, music, museums. It is where I have planted my roots, my whole family lives here. The city, and its suburbs, were my playground whilst growing up. I love the familiarity of my University, which is a part of center city. I know almost every store nestled within Rittenhouse Square, in the Residential area, and look forward to seeing off-Broadway shows every year on the Avenue of the Arts. I am a big fan of familiarity and comfort-zones. I enjoy knowing where things are, which restaurants to go to, and which patrons will usually be there. I love driving down my favorite country roads, knowing which ones have the best view and will be smothered by sunshine on any given afternoon. But, sometimes, I need a change of pace.
Do you ever get the urge when you just want to drop everything and travel? That’s how I am. When I’m having a slow or taxing day, all I want to do is hop onto a plane and fly somewhere exotic. Intermittently I want to jet off to a beach with white sand, warm sun, and soft crashing waves. Other times, I want to fly to London or Paris or Tokyo or Rome, embrace the cities and their peoples. I want to wander the streets, see the inimitable architecture and culture and foods.
I was fortunate to have been able to travel a good deal so far: a lot of the United States, England, Ireland, France, Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands, Canada, The Bahamas. I enjoyed every moment of it, trying to live like a local, embracing each city for what it had to offer.
Despite all of my travels, there is one place I always want to go back and visit – London. I don’t know what it is exactly, but London has me captured and enchanted. I love how easily it is to get across the city, the tube makes is incredibly stress-free. I have a not-so-secret obsession with Nandos. I love the history and sophistication of the Royal Family. I think it’s awesome that Europe is SO close. I can be in Paris in less than two hours. I can see my family in Germany in less than an hour flight. It’s crazy cool, and if I lived in London I would be constantly traveling when I had time off from work.
Where is YOUR favorite place to travel? I’d love to hear your stories!
Also, if anyone wants to take me back to London I would greatly appreciate it! Hehe.
XOXO. – D